DCMJ, a community group fighting for equal rights for DC cannabis users, growers, and their families, plans to hand out 4,200 free joints on Donald Trump’s Inauguration day in Washington D.C. to anyone who wants them. They will be handed out in Dupont Circle. All the protesters who are willing to will light up their gifted joints at The National Mall at 4 minutes and 20 seconds into Trump’s Presidency. The 4,200 joints and the 4 minutes and 20 seconds is code for cannabis that started in the 70’s and is in reference to the term 420 and smoking cannabis.
Adam Eidinger is the founder of DCMJ. His organization worked diligently to get initiative 71 passed in D.C.This makes it legal for anyone to carry up to 2 oz in our nation’s capital. At this point in D.C. pot can only be gifted, not sold.Now, here’s the kicker, it is legal to smoke pot in your home but not in public in Washington D.C., so anyone who lights up at the National Mall is subject to arrest or being ticketed.
Why you may ask are they doing this? Adam says, “We’re defending our initiative against the federal government because we’re concerned that Jeff Sessions will try to overturn our local laws here,” he told CNN on Wednesday. “We’re being proactive to share marijuana, which is our right before it’s too late. We also want to educate Trump supporters that we can do this legally.” Further, he states, “I’ve seen the healing power of the plant,” he said. “I’ve seen so many people get better with marijuana use, whether it’s (multiple sclerosis), or cancer or AIDS. I think it’s a great injustice to put people in jail for something so benign and so beneficial.”
We have seen similar protests here in Idaho when Serra Frank, founder of Moms for Marijuana International and Boise Hempfest event coordinator planned to light up on January 1, 2017, at the Capital Building in Boise at 4:20 pm in an act of civil disobedience. She had been arrested earlier in the week for marijuana possession, possession of paraphernalia and resisting/obstructing officers. Frank has interstitial cystitis and has been prescribed many different opioids, but she says that only smoking pot helps.
She brought out her bag but didn’t light up and when the police asked her to hand it over she complied. There were only about 20 protesters and the protest was peaceful. Frank let the police know about the protest beforehand and it caught the media’s attention. Serra has strong reasons for her protest and states that “This isn’t just about a drug. This isn’t just about getting high. This is about liberty, this is about freedom, this about — medicine, yes — but it’s about more than that, even,” she said. “It’s about an 80-year long prohibition that has been a toxic mess against our society.”
I am not a 420 participant or any other drug for that matter, however, as a caregiver, I see what the definite benefits could be for some of my clients that suffer daily with pain and other debilitating symptoms that could be helped with cannabis. Here are only 10:
I really wish Idaho would get on board. The tax revenues alone would be so beneficial to our state. They could put part of that tax revenue into mental health programs, and considering Idaho is ranked one of the worst, 45th, in mental heath care accessibility and assistance they should really get off their un”high” horses and reconsider the stance of Idaho on cannabis legalization.
Please read my earlier blog “Idaho needs to get off the “pot” and legalize marijuana.”